Spreading the Word: Effects of Reading

Today I share with you an interesting short video by BBC Ideas on how reading affects us. The video covers both on-screen and physical book reading, offers some insightful data, and, finally, ends with an important takeaway message about our potential future depending in part on our reading habits. Enjoy! Link to the video: What …

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Quote for the Day

It is all right for the mayflies. It is all right if you know you only have another thirty or fourty years. You can afford to think small. You can find it easy to imagine that you are a fixed thing, inside a fixed nation, with a fixed flag, and a fixed outlook. You can …

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Spreading the Word: How to Live in Absurdity?

Sometimes we need a little reassurance amid all the chaos. Here is a video with a selection of quotes from the French philosopher Albert Camus. An expert on the absurdity of life. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22cV7MvC2_k Keeping up the "Spreading the Word" tradition, every weekend, I hope to share with you an article I've read or a video …

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Musings on the Ends Justifying the Means

Photo by Bradyn Trollip on Unsplash The controversial idea that the end justifies the means is well known. Many would claim they do not agree, some might say that it's the only way how to get anything done, others prefer the middle way. Yet, it is during times of crisis that our purported convictions are …

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Spreading the Word: What is Happiness?

Happiness is such a widespread, common, almost worn word that we hardly ever stop to think - what does it actually mean? We all feel that it is important to us, at least on some level. After all, it seems strange to imagine someone who actively pursues unhappiness. Yet, happiness is not a simple idea. …

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Story of the Tea Bag and Us

The tea bag has a curious story. The typical tea bag of today is an invention of the 20th century. It became popular towards the second half of the last century. Before that, all tea that was consumed in the world was loose-leaf. How very different the tea-drinking experience used to be. It required more …

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Spreading the Word: Galaxy of Books and Articles

When data is married to beautiful visualisation new and surprising insights can emerge. One great example of this is the Open Syllabus Project with their Galaxy visualisation of books and articles that are assigned as course readings across the globe. The fascinating thing is that you can see which works are assigned mostly in one …

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Is Transhumanism Very Human?

"Transhumanism, social and philosophical movement devoted to promoting the research and development of robust human-enhancement technologies. Such technologies would augment or increase human sensory reception, emotive ability, or cognitive capacity as well as radically improve human health and extend human life spans. Such modifications resulting from the addition of biological or physical technologies would be …

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Spreading the Word: Two Stories About Storytelling

Stories are powerful tools of influencing. We tell stories every day. No amount of data on its own can convince us to act. So, are stories a power of good or should we be careful of how their power is used? I share with you 2 TED talks. Each appreciates storytelling and each offers a …

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What Does Originality Mean

What does it mean to say that something is new, original? For example, does this question constitute something new or original? I am sure it has been raised many times throughout human history. We place value on originality, but what is it, exactly, that we consider valuable? Image by Daniel Nebreda from Pixabay For example, …

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